How Safe Are Day-Care Centres? Parents it’s time to Re-Check

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As a mother, I’m deeply saddened and shocked. The recent incident at one of the day care centres in Gurgaon has once again highlighted the lack of basic safety measures. My heart goes out to the mother Shivani P Sharma and her daughter who are in a state of shock and trauma. I hope she recovers soon and the doctors are able to do the best for her. You send your child to a day care to be taken of and not for what this child is going through.

The government should be strict in providing licences to start such centres that are specifically for children of all ages. There should be a consolidated safety checklist for all pre-schools and day cares and it is should be mandatory for all schools to conduct Safety Audits and install the required safety equipments like a fingerguard and door blocks .As parents, we should be proactive and check with the school about the safety measures that they are undertaking from time to time.  I remember when was looking for a day-care from my daughter a couple of years ago, I was surprised to find out that most of the centres boasted of the best of the high-end amenities for the child, but did not bother about the basic safety checks that were absolutely necessary as there were children around .This is was the main reason why I decided not to put her in a day care and take care of her myself at home. I could manage then , but I know there are so many working parents to rely on these centers for their children to be taken care of . So it's time we do something about this so that all the children are safe and secure and not even a single child has to go through this ordeal when in school.Check if your child's day care or play school has installed the basic safety equiipments.

Shivani P Sharma shares her ordeal in her Facebook post

I want to report the utter negligence of Day Care owner Archana Benjiwal and her staff in running and taking care of kids. She has been the reason for our suffering from last week.

I am sure she or her staff hadn’t mention any of this to other parents because it is all her mistake. I have already registered a FIR at P.S 56 Gurgaon and i promise you Archana as your husband Prashant told us go to police and do whatever we can. I will fight till we get you the right treatment which you deserve. She not only behaved negligent but later tried to fool our family by pretending concerned. Yet that is the reason she has not appeared to even look at how Myra is doing now.

I will make sure this message reach to all the parents whose kids are coming to your day-care so that no other kid has to suffer such pain because of hypocrites like you and your husband. So that no one even think of putting their kids to your day care. You challenged me that i can’t do anything but i let all parents decide if they want similar treatment for their children in future.

I want to write this to all parents whose kids are going to her day care Cherub Angels to read through the complete incident below yourself.

On 28th April 2016 i dropped my daughter around 12:30 PM at Cherun angels day care. At 1 Pm when i had just reached my office i got a call from her school teacher Aarushi that there is an emergency and my 3 years old daugther hit her right Thumb.

I rushed to Artemis Hospital Gurgaon, at 1:30 PM when i reached Artemis hospital emergency that she had thumb amputation means her top half part of the thumb has been crushed and cut apart. I was told that another kid Kartik pushed door close and her finger came inside.

Can you believe the situation when my 3yrs old is in front of my eyes bleeding. The resident plastic surgeon told me that nothing can be done to broken thumb but only
a surgery to close the cut. Which means for her whole life she will never have a full thumb nor any nail, instead she will have a round cut finger.

I rushed to Paedtrician Dr Hemant Gogia as i had always consulted him in past. He named Dr Khazanchi in medanta hospital for second opinion. I rushed to Medanta Emergency Plastics department and met Dr Khazanchi who is known for his 15+ years of service. He suggested to see the Amputated part. His team of doctors saw the whole case and operated my daugther around 6PM. She had a hand surgery by well known Hand Surgeon Dr Aditya Agarwal.

During this whole time i was alone as my husband was out of country.

According to doctors we need to wait 6 weeks to see if surgery a success else they will do someother procedures.

But the real face of Archana and Prashant came to picture only after a day of this incident. Her husband came to our house on 1st May 2016 apologizing and saying that they will completely bear the expense of all treatments as it is their mistake. But since then we have not seen nor heard back from them. When i asked Archana to come to Medanta to pay for her second surgery she started making all excuses like
she has her school to take care of, have to pick and drop other kids. She can’t leave kids to Another teacher Rajni as she is there till 6 PM only. I am sure just like Asmi’s mom many other parents can confirm that she has left her school to other staff many times in past when had to visit her relatives or for her holidays.

Also she said that she can only pay us by cheque and would need original hospital bills with my ID proof and photograph to add to her school records that they made
these payments. But on actual day of surgery she didn’t even picked our phone.

On 6th May 2016 when we called them her husband threatened us by saying that don’t come to our house and we can do anything and contact police.

These people are so heartless and professional that they are not even scared of god, Law and society.

To top it all Archana told me that it was an accident and it can happend with anyone. Even she can’t prevent this.

I want to request all parents to think again today before dropping your kid to her day care Cherub Angel. Nothing is more precious than our kids. We mother’s work for goodwill of our kids so that we can better their lives not to put them in danger.

I know it is every easy to get fooled by these husband and wife. We were fooled but you can save your kid.

P.S. you are with us to fight against these heartless people.

P.S. I will fight till end Archana and Prashant but law and goodwill is above all.

 

I hope and pray that Shivani’s daughter recovers soon and gets justice. We are with you Shivani and we also urge to all the parents to please support her in her fight. Thank you Shivani for raising this issue and alerting all the parents. Hope parents would be more vigilant and careful now before choosing a day care for their children.All schools including day cares , pre schools should conduct safety audits periodically  and also have child safety equipments installed.Parents should insist on the same as well . Incidents like these shake us up…but the we should be extra cautious now for good for the safety of our children.

 

  • vikas

    very well captured Anshu